The recycled PET joint venture between ECO Plastics and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has sorted 250 million bottles in the nine months since the £15m facility was opened.
The Continuum plant, alongside ECO Plastics’ existing facility at Hemswell in Lincolnshire, above, processes more than 50% of the UK’s bottle grade rPET plastic. It has enabled CCE to meet its commitment to use 25% rPET in all its bottles by the end of 2012.
During the Olympics and Paralympics, 15 million Coca-Cola bottles were collected and returned to shelves, some within six weeks. CCE and ECO Plastics estimate that the plant will save around 33,500 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Jonathan Short, ECO Plastics managing director said: “Continuum was built in record time. Now to be exceeding our ramp-up plan is further testament to the expertise, dedication and determination of our team.
“This is another great milestone for Continuum. I’d like to thank CCE for everything they have done in making today happen.”
Nick Brown, associate director for recycling at CCE said: “This state-of-the-art facility is a first for the industry and is truly transforming recycling in this country. Our partnership with ECO Plastics has helped us reach an important milestone in our on-going efforts to build a low-carbon, zero waste business here in Great Britain.
“Its success should demonstrate to everyone, from householders to local authorities and policy makers, the real environmental and economic benefits of recycling and the vast potential of the GB reprocessing sector.”